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The Two Popes

This screening took place on
Monday, January 6, 2020 at 8:15pm

Led by outstanding performances from its well-matched leads, The Two Popes draws absorbing drama from a pivotal moment in modern organized religion.

Behind the Vatican walls, Pope Benedict and the future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

Ages 12+ some mature themes.

Parents need to know that The Two Popes is a drama starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce that explores the Catholic Church's internal struggle to balance traditional and progressive viewpoints. The cardinals speak in Latin and other languages for the first quarter of the film; subtitles are provided. It's assumed that viewers know what's been going on with the Catholic Church in recent years: There are quick references to contemporary scandals (including sexual abuse) and several person-on-the-street comments about Pope Benedict XVI being a "Nazi." Argentina's violent history with the Dirty Wars is shown in flashbacks: The military shoots, tortures, and kills dissenters. The film is all about leadership, communication, forgiveness, and perspective -- specifically, how different people can look at the same thing and see it differently. As valuable as that lesson is for teens, there's not much here that most kids will enjoy. The popes drink wine and curse a little bit ("son of a bitch," "dammit"), which is a small demonstration of the film's biggest takeaway: Even those closest to God are still human.

  • Directed by Fernando Meirelles
  • 2019, UK, Italy, Argentina, USA
  • 126 minutes

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